The Scribbler – 2014 Movie Review

 

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A young woman struggling with a self destructive multiple personality disorder uses an experimental machine known as ‘The Siamese Burn’ to extricate her numerous identities one by one. However as the process progresses, one of her most dangerous persona wrests control.

Cast: Katie Cassidy, Gina Gershon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gareth Dillahunt. Director: John Suits. Writer: Dan Schaffer.

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Based upon an original 96 page graphic novel released by Image Comics in 2006, The Scribbler is an unusual and intense ride through the mind of a troubled girl suffering from multiple personality disorder. Katie Cassidy brings the character of Suki to life memorably in an ardently impassioned performance that is a million miles away from her more recent role as Laurel Lance/Black Canary in the CW TV series – Arrow.

The film is a grim and gritty exploration of psychogenics, a fantastic combination of both extreme psychological and physical horror. Like it’s comic book counterpart, the movie succeeds on many levels and the complex tale becomes clearer through multiple viewings, with each successive watch adding even more layers to an already elaborate diegesis.

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The movie is visually resplendent, and reminds me, to some degree, of Zack Snyder’s criminally underrated Sucker Punch in both tone and attitude (though I do believe personally that Snyder’s movie is the superior of the two.)  For ultimate enjoyment I highly recommend the Blu Ray version of the film as the transfer quality is astoundingly good, and the film is a tour de force in fantastic visuals. Colours are muted beautifully throughout, which adds an epically understated feel to the proceedings, in line with it’s original source material.

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Joining alongside Katie Cassidy’s admirable performance are a group of consummate actors who also turn in some rather mesmerising performances, especially the great Gina Gershon, and the always electrifying Eliza Dushku. 

I am committed to keeping this review intentionally vague and short so as not to spoil the film for first time viewers. Like the aforementioned Sucker Punch, Scribbler has been plagued with some unfortunately scathing reviews, which does make me wonder to some degree whether the professional reviewers who marked it down really understood the direction and depth of the the original comic book, as this film is an almost perfect rendition of that tenacious tome.

The Scribbler really is more than the sum of it’s parts, with each consecutive viewing really drawing you into it’s darkly disturbing world. Beautiful to behold, solidly acted and appropriately disquieting and perplexing… why not get drawn in by The Scribbler.

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About ArcaneHalloween

Fanatical about comics, gaming and horror movies....but then isn't everyone?

Posted on February 10, 2017, in Comics, Comics in film and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Ah! I’m so glad you reviewed this. I’ve been really interested in checking this one out.
    It’s funny that you mentioned Sucker Punch. My boyfriend and I were just talking about that movie last night while watching the new TV series Powerless. We were talking about the lead actress (Vanessa Hudgens) and how he didn’t think he’d seen her before so I pointed out to him that he had because she was in Sucker Punch. I just started watching Powerless but I’m really digging it. It’s a lot sillier than I expected, but it’s fun. I think I’m actually gonna do a blog post about it soon. 🙂

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  2. This review is awesome! I am looking forward to watching the movie as the concept seems really intriguing to me. I also wonder about professional reviewers. Some of the best movies (in my opinion) have been dragged through the mud and I often wander if being a reviewer means that you simply say the negatives of a film lol. It’s the same for video game or book reviewers, some that I read are ALWAYS negative, it’s like well did you enjoy anything about it lol.
    -Luna 🙂

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    • Hi Luna, I do have a problem with the whole ‘professional critic’ thing also, I always prefer to make up my own mind on movies/video games etc. They do hold an awful amount of sway on whether a movie is a hit or a miss, which is most unfortunate and very unfair towards great movies that really deserve success. My favourite comic book movie of all time is Watchmen, an unbelievably fantastic conversion of it’s source material, yet rubbished at the time by critics, but loved by it’s fans, I tend to side with the fans opinions. Thanks for reading and commenting Luna, have a most awesome day. 🙂

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